Degree 53 has added significantly to its sales and marketing division with a new commercial director and marketing manager.

The Manchester-based digital agency has brought in Richard Bannister, who has worked at Tecmark, Trinity Mirror and Yell, as commercial director to lead the sales and marketing team.

Jennifer Winter joins as marketing manager while the firm has also hired business analyst Kelly Daniels, project manager Brian Modica and .NET developer Leonardo Malizia.

Managing director Andrew Daniels (pictured) said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new additions.

“We’ve strengthened our commercial team to focus on our internal strategy and new business opportunities.

“We’re also investing more in client-facing roles to lead projects and support our accounts as they grow.

“Degree 53’s portfolio and client base are growing and we need to ensure we have sufficient capacity to provide the required services.”